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Guest Post: Bringing Faith-Free Support to The Compassionate Friends

Three months after my son Jude died in 2009, I discovered the Facebook page of a worldwide parental grief organization called The Compassionate Friends. In those dark months, their community provided invaluable support — and inspired the eventual creation of the Grief Beyond Belief Facebook page, which provided the same sort of online grief support, just […]

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Guest Post: My Atheist Advice to Grieving Ten Year Olds

by Susan Lynne Mehalick This post was originally published on Saturday, November 19, 2011 in the blog Nutballgirl Uninterrupted. She posted the link to the Grief Beyond Belief public page at Facebook and founder Rebecca Hensler was so moved that she asked for permission to republish it here. A few weeks ago, a little ten year […]

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Guest Post: Truly Listen

An anonymous member of the closed Grief Beyond Belief Group at Facebook has generously allowed us to publish this beautiful and insightful guess post: The 18th of this month will mark one year since my mother died. Here are some thoughts I’ve gathered and wanted to share with everyone in this group. They could be missing […]

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Faith-Free Spaces Must Also Be Hate-Free

Yesterday, authors Ophelia Benson and Richard Dawkins released a joint statement opposing certain language used in the context of political and personal disagreements in the secular community. Grief Beyond Belief spaces are open to any grieving nonbeliever, regardless of political beliefs. However, in order to keep those spaces safe, welcoming and comforting we maintain strict Conditions of Participation […]

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To hug or not to hug?

Why is it that my grief seems to give people permission to invade my personal space? A total stranger and I are talking about our work, the way strangers do.  We are on the patio at a club, and we’ve both had a few drinks, so the conversation is a little less coherent and a little more […]

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What do you wish you had been told about grief?

Sarah Parmenter’s blog entry, “The Things Nobody Tells You About Grief,” is so damn full of good advice.  If you have recently experienced a loss and are at the beginning of your “grief journey,” this essay is for you.  There is so much that those of us who have lived through the first few years of […]

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Seeking the Grief Stories of Non-Believers for “Grief Beyond Belief” Book

If you are an atheist. agnostic, Humanist, skeptic, freethinker, or some other sort of non-believer in God, the supernatural or any kind of afterlife — and you have an experience (or experiences) with grief — we want to hear about it. I am going to be collaborating on a book about faith-free grief with Greta Christina, atheist […]

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Would you attend an in-person secular grief support group?

Interesting conversation starting about in-person secular grief support at the Grief Beyond Belief Facebook page.

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Adam Lee on Grief Beyond Belief

Daylight Atheism blogger Adam Lee is also helping spread the word that griefbeyondbelief.org is available for anyone seeking support and resources.  His insightful post on the evolution of the atheist movement and the work still to be done addresses why secular support is needed by those grieving without belief in God or an afterlife. …I think we […]

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Welcome to griefbeyondbelief.org…

…we are sorry you need us, but glad you found us. This is the club no one wants to join.  And yet here we all are, drawn together by the one thing we have in common: We are grieving with the knowledge that our loss is forever, that there is no heaven above, no spirits sending […]

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